Trooper Byron J. Erickson

December 21, 1956 - July 31, 1993

Tpr. Byron J. Erickson died as a result of complications from injuries sustained in an automobile accident during the pursuit of a suspected stolen car.

On Friday, July 2, 1993, the Adrian Post received a tip that a stolen 1993 Ford Mustang was parked at a residence in the Ridgemont Subdivision of Tecumseh, north of Adrian. Driving the post detective’s unmarked car, Trooper Erickson responded to the area at approximately 4:40 p.m.

As Trooper Erickson entered the subdivision, he noticed the Mustang leaving the area. He began following the suspect and radioed for marked units to assist with a felony stop. Apparently, the suspect realized that a police car was following him, because Trooper Erickson radioed that the suspect suddenly took off at a high rate of speed. Trooper Erickson gave chase in order to keep the Mustang in sight for the responding patrol cars.
The chase lasted approximately five miles before Trooper Erickson lost control of his vehicle on Shepherd Road in Lenawee County. Trooper Erickson suffered severe spinal injury when his car flipped and rolled over. It is believed that Trooper Erickson lost control when he took evasive action to avoid hitting a citizen’s car, which he suddenly came upon after cresting a hill.

The suspect continued on, but was subsequently arrested following another chase involving several police agencies.

Trooper Erickson was flown to University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for surgery. On Saturday, July 31, 1993, at approximately 3:30 a.m., Trooper Erickson passed away as a result of complications from his injuries.

Trooper Erickson was the 44th MSP officer to die in the line of duty.

Trooper Steven J. Niewiek

March 27, 1967 - February 2, 1992

Tprs. James R. DeLoach and Steven J. Niewiek died as the result of a patrol car/train accident in Waterford Township on February 1, 1992.

While patrolling in Car 2712 at approximately 11 p.m. on February 1, 1992, Troopers DeLoach and Niewiek overheard Oakland County Dispatch report that a trooper needed assistance at the Deer Lake Inn. They responded to the call, traveling northbound on Scott Lake Road with their overhead light and siren operating.

Witnesses reported that the patrol car passed a line of six vehicles which had stopped for the flashing lights and crossing gates at the Canadian-National North America railroad crossing just south of Winton Road. Car 2712 pulled into the southbound lane of Scott Lake Road to pass these vehicles, slowed almost to a stop at the tracks, then accelerated around the crossing gates into the path of an eastbound train.

The patrol car exploded on impact and was thrown approximately 400' east and north of the crossing. Several citizens pulled Trooper Niewiek from the passenger side of the flaming wreck, but they were unable to extricate Trooper DeLoach, who was pinned in the driver’s seat. Flames and exploding ammunition prevented further rescue attempts. It was later determined that Trooper DeLoach died instantly upon impact.

Trooper Niewiek was transported to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital where he expired during surgery at about 3:35 a.m. on February 2, 1992.
Waterford Township Police Department investigated the patrol car/train accident.

Trooper DeLoach was the 42nd MSP office to die in the line of duty.

Trooper Niewiek was the 43rd MSP officer to die in the line of duty.

Trooper James R. Deloach

June 15, 1965 - February 1, 1992

Tprs. James R. DeLoach and Steven J. Niewiek died as the result of a patrol car/train accident in Waterford Township on February 1, 1992.

While patrolling in Car 2712 at approximately 11 p.m. on February 1, 1992, Troopers DeLoach and Niewiek overheard Oakland County Dispatch report that a trooper needed assistance at the Deer Lake Inn. They responded to the call, traveling northbound on Scott Lake Road with their overhead light and siren operating.

Witnesses reported that the patrol car passed a line of six vehicles which had stopped for the flashing lights and crossing gates at the Canadian-National North America railroad crossing just south of Winton Road. Car 2712 pulled into the southbound lane of Scott Lake Road to pass these vehicles, slowed almost to a stop at the tracks, then accelerated around the crossing gates into the path of an eastbound train.

The patrol car exploded on impact and was thrown approximately 400' east and north of the crossing. Several citizens pulled Trooper Niewiek from the passenger side of the flaming wreck, but they were unable to extricate Trooper DeLoach, who was pinned in the driver’s seat. Flames and exploding ammunition prevented further rescue attempts. It was later determined that Trooper DeLoach died instantly upon impact.

Trooper Niewiek was transported to Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital where he expired during surgery at about 3:35 a.m. on February 2, 1992.
Waterford Township Police Department investigated the patrol car/train accident.

Trooper DeLoach was the 42nd MSP office to die in the line of duty.

Trooper Niewiek was the 43rd MSP officer to die in the line of duty.